columnist Tracy Porter is back! (Thank goodness, because we missed her!) Today, Tracy shares the many ways she and her family savor the summertime. But be warned: after reading her post, you’ll have the itch to get outside and run through water sprinklers.
Don’t mind if we do…
I am officially saving summer in this monthâs column (so bold of meâ¦donât mind if I do! Ha!), because it slips away so fast and all the âlovelyâ that you want, and look forward to, is far too important to miss. Soâ¦Iâll share a few ways that my family saves summer every yearâ¦and how we will again this year. Hope to inspire you and yours!
Eat together & make food togetherâ¦with friends, with family! Lots of hands in the kitchenâ¦lets you get outside to eat & play sooner. Helping hands in a kitchen can be chaoticâ¦but then thatâs a home filled with joy, and lifeâ¦things are not perfect, how lovely is that!
Make s âmoresâ¦easy dessertâ¦every kid and adult will join in…get some of those wonderful long marshmallow âskewersâ and keep them handy…simple old fashioned fun for all! (and yes, my boys like them burned.)
Homemade strawberry lemonadeâ¦any day, anyway, or try a new summer cocktail my husband John is always whipping up. (Remember I promised you he makes the BEST Meyer lemon cosmo! Read on!)
John Porterâs Enchanting Lemon Meyer Cosmo
2 Oz. Vodka (or 3 oz., depending on the dayâ¦)
Â½ Oz. Triple Sec
1 Oz. Cranberry
Â½ Meyer Lemon freshly squeezed
Shake with ice. Strain and pour into pretty glass.
(this makes one, but thatâs usually enough…good night, Alice!)
P.S. no Meyer lemons? Use Â½ freshly squeezed lemon and add a bit of grand Marnier…pucker up!! mmmm.
Keep tiny white lights out all year longâ¦like fireflies, they add a layer of light. And get yourself a fanciful umbrella for outsideâ¦charm city!
Go out flower cutting, as often as you can while everything is blooming! Itâs the perfect dose of summer bounty for your soul!
Make your own homemade summertime coleslawâ¦or try my delightfully easy recipe below!
After dinner, play summer games. Scavenger hunts, bocce ball, lawn croquet, or our favoriteâ¦water balloons! WA-HOOOO! DUCK!
More endless summer, because you never can have enoughâ¦
~Picnicsâ¦anywhere…in your own yardâ¦or pack up a big wicker basket and you are off to the beach or the countryside!
~Grill it…it just adds summer to the air…no matter what night of the week!
~Grow some of your ownâ¦herbs, veggies, fruit, anything you can walk outside and pluck or pick and use when you cook!
~ Go berry pickingâ¦bring back the goods and add them to smoothies, cobblers or ice cream!
Please Tell meâ¦how will you save summer this year? How did your family save summer when you were a kid…inspire us all…!
Cheers to you!